Offices and residence tower lined up for One Medlock

Developers Dominvs Group and Whitbread have released their ambitions for the Deansgate Locks Premier Inn site, which is part of Manchester City Council’s First Street development framework.

Whitbread owns the five-story hotel site, which will be demolished to make way for the new One Medlock Street scheme.

Designed by Jon Matthews Architects and Planit-IE, the project comprises a 13-story block offering 387,500 square feet of Class A office space. Each floor would have its own outdoor amenity space, according to initial designs. The office building would be located on the east side of the site, facing Medlock Street.

On the west side of the site would be the 37-storey student housing tower. With 1,000 student rooms spread over nearly 323,000 square feet. The tower would have amenity space on the ground, first, 11th and 37th floors. The north facade of the building would also have space for the display of public works of art.

Three public realm areas are proposed: Wood Pocket Park, River Street Rain Garden, and Edge Street. Edge Street would be a green street with trees and ornamental plants and would connect the project to the nearby River Street Tower, another student housing development.

The proposals don’t include much parking, with only six disabled spaces for the office building and two for the student tower planned. This is intended to encourage workers and residents to make sustainable travel choices, proponents say.

Consultation on the proposals will continue until October 5. The consultation website is

Planning consultant Turley is preparing a formal planning application to be submitted later in October. If permission is granted, construction could begin by the end of 2023.

The developers estimate that full-time jobs would be created during the three-year construction period.

CGI showing how One Medlock Street will fit into the Manchester skyline. Credit: via consultation documents

Dominvs Group Senior Director Jay Ahluwalia said the company was “delighted to present these transformation plans to repurpose this site into the city centre”.

Ahluwalia continued: “The site offers an opportunity to contribute to a vibrant new neighborhood by providing a mix of commercial office space and student accommodation, making it an attractive and sustainable setting for working, studying and living. and we look forward to engaging with the surrounding community through our public consultation.

Richard Pearson, senior development manager at Whitbread, explained the decision to redevelop the Premier Inn site.

“We have recently invested in new hotel accommodation in the city centre, including the new 157-room Premier Inn on Princess Street as part of the Circle Square development, just a short walk from the Medlock Street site,” it said. -he declares.

“Our decision to redevelop the Deansgate Locks Premier Inn site is part of our wider strategy to ensure that our city center hotel offering is of the highest quality and in the best locations for our guests.”

Pearson added: “We now have the opportunity to realize the true potential of the Medlock Street site by creating high quality workspace and student accommodation at a major city center gateway, while generating funds. to reinvest in our Manchester hotel network elsewhere. .”

Elsewhere on First Street, Ask Real Estate is building a 180,000 square foot office. Like the Whitbread and Dominvs scheme, this building is also designed by Jon Matthews Architects. Approval from Ask’s office was granted in May, with the Government Property Agency signing a lease for most of the space in June.

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